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Hi I'm Matthew

I'm a corporate lawyer. I have a wife and 5 boys and live in Lynnwood, WA. I run marathons and play the guitar. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Matt, and I live in a Lynnwood, Washington. I'm married with 5 kids all boys and work as a corporate lawyer. I'm an avid runner and enjoy playing guitar, skiing, boating and anything outdoors. I served an LDS mission in Taiwan and majored in Chinese in college. My oldest son is currently serving a mission for the Church in West Virginia.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I have received many personal witnesses that this is Christ's Church. I was raised Mormon by a family that has been in the faith for generations. I believe, however, there comes a time for each to know for ourselves. For me it was when I was 14. I was challenged by a Church teacher to read the Book of Mormon and to pray to know of its truthfulness. I decided to accept that invitation. One evening after reading and praying, I experienced a strong confirming feeling that what I had read was true. I reflected on that feeling for several minutes to see if it would dissipate. It didn't. That was the first time I knew for myself. Since that time I have had many similar experiences involving the Book of Mormon and other principles of Church doctrine. In addition, I have seen the value of living the standards taught by Jesus Christ and his Church. I may be a Mormon by birth, but I'm also one by choice.

How I live my faith

I've served as a leader of youth in the Church as well as an ecclesiastical leader e.g., a member of our lay clergy. I also served a mission for the Church when I was 19 in Taiwan. I try to live my faith by example more than word. I think it is much better to do the right thing than say the right thing. I have many friends and colleagues who are not members of the Church. Their standards and beliefs may be different than mine, but they are good people. I try to live my faith in a way that will convey how I feel about God without judging others. Like most Mormons, I attend Church every week and often have some meetings or activities during the week. The Church is a great social as well as spiritual community.

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Matthew
The Church makes a distinction between homosexual feelings and actions. Why certain persons have attractions to others of the same sex is a complicated and still not fully understood. The fact that someone may have those feelings is not necessarily an indicator of unworthiness or sinfulness. Members of the Church who have such feelings are free to participate fully in Church meetings, activities and ordinances. However, the Church does draw a line when it comes to acting on homosexual feelings. When a person engages in sexual conduct with a person of the same sex, that is a sin for which repentance is necessary. It can be forgiven, but full repentance is the prescribed course of action. The same is true for unmarried heterosexual couples. In short, God's commandments to maintain sexual purity extends to one's actions, not your inherent inclinations. In my experience, the Church is not overly-focused on homosexuality or homosexual behavior. It's recent foray into the so-called same sex marriage debate was prompted by a desire to preserve the traditional institution of marriage as a foundational principle of our society and as the bedrock relationship upon which families are built. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Matthew
In reality, Jesus Christ, himself, started the Mormon Church since He re-established his ancient Church again in modern times. When most people talk about its "founder," however, they are referring to Joseph Smith, the Church's first prophet. Like ancient prophets in other dispensations, Joseph was called by God to organize the Church and given authority to do so. He translated an ancient record that became known as the Book of Mormon and revealed other new scriptures that still provide the doctrinal basis for the Church today. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Matthew
The priesthood is the authority of God given to man to bless His children. While God may be able to bless our lives without bestowing the priesthood on mortals, receiving and exercising priesthood power helps them develop the spiritual ability and capacity to become like Him. In the Church, the priesthood authority is conveyed by ordination of worthy, male members of the Church, but all members, male and female, can be equally blessed by the priesthood ordinances and covenants. The Church organization is governed by priesthood leaders who act in accordance with doctrinal principles. All ecclesiastical leaders in the Church serve voluntarily and without pay. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Matthew
The Mormons are people of every race, ethnicity, nationality, political views, and culture. Because the Church was restored in the United States and has its roots in the American West, Church membership is often incorrectly viewed as homogenous and monolithic. The Church is now a worldwide religion with over 13 million members worldwide, more than half of whom live outside of the United States. Show more Show less